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The Roots of Automation Before Mechatronics [Historical]

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1 Author(s)
Massimo Guarnieri ; In 1982, he joined the CNR and in 1983 the University of Padua, where he has been a full professor of electrical engineering since 2000.

The inventions of Kenotron (the thermionic valve diode, 1904) by John A. Fleming and Audion (the thermionic valve triode, 1906) by Lee De Forest started the revolution of electronics, that merged with mechanics, automation, and computer science around the mid-1950, generating present-day industrial robots and eventually mechatronics. A brief look at the history of automation before mechatronics came is given in this paper.

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IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 2 )